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Survival of the beautiful : art, science, and evolution

Author: David Rothenberg
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have innate appreciation for beauty, and why nature is, indeed, beautiful.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Rothenberg
ISBN: 9781408828823 1408828820 9781408830567 1408830566
OCLC Number: 757147814
Description: viii, 311 pages : illustrations, [14] pages of plates ; 24 cm
Contents: Come up and see my bower --
Only the most fascinating survive --
It could be anything : male and female animals in their artworlds --
Pollock In the forest ; abstraction as measure of the real --
Hiding ingenuity, or Think like a squid : camouflage between art and nature --
Creative experiments : when science learns from art --
The human, the elephant, and art out of relationship --
The brain In the cave : art at the edge of human certainty --
One culture of beauty, between art and science.
Responsibility: David Rothenberg.

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A brilliant investigation of why nature is beautiful and how art has influenced science, sure to stimulate readers of The Art Instinct.  Read more...

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Rothenberg's passionate optimism - a belief in the beauty of nature, and vice versa - together with his elegant prose turns Survival of the Beautiful into an exhilarating and thought provoking trip * Read more...

 
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